Gilou Bauer came to Jamaica in 1971 with her then husband David Forrest, an Englishman who had secured a job in Jamaica. In 1989 she opened the Bay Gallery in Montego Bay, which she operated for seven years. She moved back to Kingston in 1997 to become curator of the Mutual Gallery, a position she has occupied until 2013. She also held the position of consultant Art Coordinator at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay from 2007 to 2016. As an independent art curator since 2013, she has staged a number of art exhibitions and art auctions at various venues throughout Jamaica and she is also an art valuator.
She holds a B.Sc. in International Relations from the UWI, Mona, and is currently awaiting the results of her M.Phil. submission in Cultural Studies, also at the UWI Mona.
In 2000, she was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters at the rank of Chevalier by the Ministry of Culture and Communication in France for her contribution in the field of art and her work in furthering French culture. She is past member of the Exhibition Committee at the National Gallery of Jamaica, past Vice-chairperson of the Kidney Support Foundation and past President of the Alliance Française de la Jamaïque.